Since its inception 22 years ago, the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival has been about songwriters. Not constrained by genre barriers, we've always been drawn to true artists – songwriters who blossom and evolve, following their own unique path through the world's musical landscape. This year we cap the single-day lineup with two unique and deeply admired artists:
Neko Case, whose powerfully soaring voice has led her from alt-country torchbearer, to member of an indie-rock supergroup, to a critically-acclaimed roots songwriter and performer; and Iron & Wine, who has developed over the past 10 years from an intimate solo songwriter to the leader of a larger band that layers textures and poly-rhythms with pop, African, country, and folk sounds.
With the additions of Iron & Wine, Neko Case, and several others, we are proud to announce the single-day lineup for the 22nd Annual Rocky Mountain Folks Festival (Aug 17-19) on the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons, CO.
Friday, August 17
Iron & Wine • Kathleen Edwards • Dawes • Justin Townes Earle • Holly Near • Caleb Hawley • Songwriter Showcase
Saturday, August 18
Amos Lee • Kasey Chambers • Darrell Scott • Elephant Revival • Richard Shindell • Girlyman • Gretchen Peters
Sunday, August 19
Lyle Lovett • Neko Case • Peter Himmelman • The Dunwells • The Milk Carton Kids • and several more still to be announced...
This latest round of lineup additions runs deep... Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle) brings songs from his latest album, a skillful blend of raw Memphis-soul and vulnerable country-folk (free album stream). One of our favorite Canadian songstresses Kathleen Edwards makes her 2nd appearance in Lyons with her critically-acclaimed new record (free album stream).
We're also excited about two Planet Bluegrass debuts, as the stunning 4-part family harmonies (2 brothers, 2 cousins) of English folk-rockers The Dunwells (watch radio session) share the Sunday afternoon with the acoustic duo The Milk Carton Kids who marry sweet brother-style harmonies with edge-of-your-seat old-timey guitar leads (free concert video).
With this announcement of the single-day lineup, single-day tickets are now onsale for each day. We're nearing the end of our allotment of 3-day passes, so don't hesitate if you're thinking about immersing yourself in the full weekend of inspiration. Or consider camping – spaces are still left in the onsite campground or nearby Meadow Park. Order yours now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
Watch for more Folks Festival news in the coming months, including 2 more early-day Sunday sets, the full schedule in the Wildflower Pavilion, and the 10 finalists in the Songwriter Showcase contest (entries accepted thru June 8).
A few weeks ago we announced the return of the Kinfolk Celebration featuring Yonder Mountain String Band & Friends to the Planet Bluegrass Ranch in Lyons (Aug 24-25). Tickets and camping went onsale last Friday morning with over one-third (!!) of the tickets selling in the first 2 days. Don't wait long to get yours: order now at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
If you're thinking about camping for the 2 day Celebration, passes are still left for the coveted on-site campground (only a few remain) and under the cliffs at Meadow Park.
While we're still finalizing the other artists on the lineup each day, we can confirm that Yonder will play 2 epic sets each night. Watch for an announcement about the rest of their "friends" in the coming weeks.
At last year's Telluride Bluegrass we debuted a new venue for the NightGrass shows: the state-of-the-art Palm Theatre (located inside Telluride High School).
We'll be presenting 3 late-night shows at this gorgeous space again this year: an enchanting night with Laura Marling & special guests Joy Kills Sorrow (Thursday); Peter Rowan & The Travelin' McCourys with special guests Seryn (Friday); and a Saturday night throwdown with Drew Emmitt, Vince Herman & Friends. Tickets for all 3 of these shows are still available at shop.bluegrass.com or 800-624-2422.
Still looking for Telluride Bluegrass tickets? Watch the "Returned Ticket Resale" section of shop.bluegrass.com every Tuesday from 10am-2pm MDT. As we near the May 4 refund deadline, we may begin to have enough Telluride tickets to resell.
If you've been waiting to sort out your camping/lodging, we do still have a small number of camping passes left in 2 of our campgrounds. As well, several of our lodging partners still have limited availabilities in Telluride and Mountain Village.
Finally, for the past few summers the crew from The Porchlight Sessions has been filming at Telluride Bluegrass and RockyGrass for a documentary about the history of bluegrass music. Now they need your help in raising the final funds by May 1 (via Kickstarter). The Porchlight Sessions is a beautifully shot 90-minute film, featuring many familiar faces – from campground pickers to musical icons. Please join us in supporting this wonderful project.
The Folks on Planet Bluegrass